Pitch Engine Puts Social Media Release in Easy Reach

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Having written in the past more than my fair share of press releases and having wondered how effective they would be in the Web 2.0/social media era, I was delighted to discover some time ago the concept of the social media release. I wrote, back in March, about the social media release and how the concept had developed.

But delighted as I was, what I found when I started to apply the principles of a social media release was that it was, for me, a more challenging exercise than writing a traditional press release. It was hard work!

Then Pitch Engine came along. First, understandably, in beta. Now, happily, out of beta.

As the Pitch Engine blog explains, Pitch Engine is “a way to package all of your PR assets (like a press kit) in one concise, easy to share package – the social media release (SMR) – that you can edit and make changes to even after it’s been made live.”

In other words, Pitch Engine takes the worry out of creating a social media release.

And if, like me, you have ever been in the situation of thinking, “Well, I’d love to do a media release, but can I afford it?” the good news is that you can use Pitch Engine without having to pay any money!

Which is great news especially for small businesses. In fact, for any business in the current economic meltdown!

With the free version one catch, if you can reasonably call it that when the service is free, is that your release will expire after 30 days. And let’s ask ourselves, people, if we can’t get our message across in 30 days, how good is our message?

Long tail message? No problem. There are paid subscriptions that offer more than the basic free service. For a relatively modest payment you can archive your releases and even have your own online newsroom.

No more “Uh, oh!”

With a traditional press release, once it was done and broadcast, that was it: you lived or died by what was in it (or what you had omitted). One of the beauties of Pitch Engine is that you can edit your release, add to it, subtract, modify, as you choose, whenever you want while it is live.

Cool? Definitely.

Des Walsh

Business coach and digital entrepreneur. With coach training from Coachville.com and its Graduate School of Coaching, and a founding member of the International Association of Coaching, Des has been coaching business owners and entrepreneurs for the past 20 years. Over the same period he has also been actively engaged in promoting the business opportunities of the digital economy. He is a certified Neurolinguistic Programming (NLP) coach, and a certified specialist in social media strategy and affiliate marketing.

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  1. Great service. Btw, Australia has its own version of Pitch Engine – Newsmaker has been in beta for about the same length of time, offering social media PR and traditional PR distribution to Australian media.

  2. Thanks Alexis
    Good to know about your service. On a quick scan, it looks as though there are some significant differences, e.g. in the pricing model.

  3. Yes, thanks for checking it out – it’s a free service for the online component including the social media features – but I do like the PE approach and hope it succeeds! The pricing model for newsmaker is a pay per use for media distribution, a flat fee. Btw, the CEO has messaged you on Twitter.

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